Doolin is one of the most charming villages on County Clare’s wild Atlantic Coast, surrounded by the spectacularly barren limestone terrain of the Burren. And, of course, Doolin is only 5 miles from the breathtakingly impressive Cliffs of Moher, and 4 miles from the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, capital of traditional matchmaking here in Ireland. And Doolin, of course, is the capital of traditional music, and its hostelries and bars ring to the tune of fiddles and accordions late into the night every night of the year. Doolin was the home of Micho Russell, the world renown whistle player and his great legacy is enthusiastically celebrated every year with its very own Festival of Music. Indeed, there is music every night of the year in Doolin, and many days too. All of its pubs foster musicians and musical heritage, and delight at bulging to the seams with well-seasoned players, complete beginners, and curious onlookers. McGann’s in particular has all the classic touches of a full-on Irish music pub, where the action often spills out onto the street. Highly recommended!
The remarkable Burren, which surrounds Doolin, has been welcoming visitors to its extraordinary karstic plateaux for many decades. The unusual topography looks like a great stony chaos you or I, but its value lies in its unique geology, and in the vast array of flowering plants which thrive in its many cracks and fissures. More than 700 different varieties of flowering plants have accumulated in the Burren over the past 10,000 years, and the result is a fascinating and uniquely contrasting landscape of sparsity and colour.
Attractions in Doolin include pitch and putt, traditional Irish music, bathing at Doolin Cove, trout fishing on Lickeen Lake and Doolin Cave. Doolin Cave is home to The Great Stalactite, which is one of the largest known stalactites in the world with a height of 6.54 meters.
Getting to Doolin
By bus, or car. Bus Eireann Route 423 provides a service from Galway to Doolin. Alternatively follow the N6 from Galway to Kilcolgan, and then the N67 to Doolin.
Where to stay
Doolin has a wide variety of inviting and friendly places to stay including small hotels, hostels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.
Doolin is surrounded by beautiful coastal destinations. Don't miss The Burren and Ballyvaughan if you are travelling north, and The Cliffs of Moher, and Liscannor, if travelling south.
Things to do in Doolin.
Doolin is all about music…. traditional music! Day or night there will be a session going on somewhere in the town. Find it and join in!
Don’t miss Doolin Cave, one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience. ‘The Great Stalactite’ It is your only opportunity to see such a large free hanging stalactite anywhere in the world.
McGann’s is always a cool place to hang out, but when it rains musicians come out of the timberwork, and wonderful spontaneous “sessions” erupt! McGann’s has all the classic touches of a full-on Irish music pub. The action often spills out onto the street. The food is excellent. Inside you’ll find locals playing darts in its warren of small rooms, some with turf fires.
Doolin is also one of the main ferry ports to the Aran Islands with ferries to each of the three Aran Islands departing from Doolin harbour year-round. Cruises to the Cliffs of Moher also depart at Doolin.